In the last few months roughly 20 tech firms broke with traditional silences around information transparency, publicly releasing their diversity demographics.
Before then, a few firms, such as Intel, was releasing their company-wide equal chance data for quite some time. But until last year, few, if any, companies had disclosed their demographic information for technical jobs, in particular.
This historic tendency is a laudable and important first step in sparking open conversation and action to increase diverse representation from the tech industry. Indeed, access to such data is very important for benchmarking, for determining next steps, and for measuring progress. Nonetheless, it’s significant that attempts to increase representation in technology do not end here.